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Population in 2012: 610 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -13.2%
 

Males: 271  (44.5%)
Females: 339  (55.5%)

Median resident age:  47.5 years
Montana median age:  38.3 years

Zip codes: 59520.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $33,330 (it was $28,523 in 2000)
Big Sandy:

$33,330
MT:

$45,076
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $17,159

Big Sandy town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $73,819 (it was $50,800 in 2000)
Big Sandy:

$73,819
MT:

$184,800
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $86,660; Detached houses: $97,709; Mobile homes: $26,286

Median gross rent in 2012: $469.

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  • White alone - 553 (92.5%)
  • American Indian alone - 17 (2.8%)
  • Two or more races - 11 (1.8%)
  • Hispanic - 8 (1.3%)
  • Asian alone - 5 (0.8%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 4 (0.7%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Big Sandy: 86.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Ancestries: German (21.8%), Norwegian (9.3%), Irish (8.0%), English (5.8%), United States (5.7%), French (4.2%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 2712 feet

Land area: 0.44 square miles.

Population density: 1,378 people per square mile 
 
 (low).




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For population 25 years and over in Big Sandy:

  • High school or higher: 85.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 19.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.3%
  • Unemployed: 0.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Big Sandy town:

  • Never married: 27.9%
  • Now married: 51.5%
  • Separated: 1.5%
  • Widowed: 6.3%
  • Divorced: 12.8%

12 residents are foreign born

This town:  1.6%
Montana:  1.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $916 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $658 (1.0%)

Big Sandy satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Great Falls, MT (71.6 miles , pop. 56,690).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Seattle, WA (567.3 miles , pop. 563,374).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (1018.4 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities: Rocky Boy West, MT (3.2 miles ), Box Elder, MT (3.2 miles ), St. Pierre, MT (3.7 miles ), Boneau, MT (3.7 miles) , Sangrey, MT (3.9 miles ), Rocky Boy's, MT (4.0 miles) , Agency, MT (4.1 miles ), Rocky Boy's Agency, MT (4.1 miles ).

Latitude: 48.18 N, Longitude: 110.11 W

Area code: 406

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.6%
Montana:

4.8%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -40 (-5.4%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (19%)
  • Construction (13%)
  • Health care and social assistance (13%)
  • Wholesale trade (11%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (8%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (37%)
  • Educational services (27%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (14%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (10%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (10%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Carpenters (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (12%)
  • Registered nurses (9%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Secondary school teachers (5%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers except waiters/waitresses (5%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers except personal appearance, transportation, and child care workers (4%)

Work and jobs in Big Sandy: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

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Earthquake activity:

Big Sandy-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Montana state average. It is 97% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/16/1994 at 11:03:41, a magnitude 4.2 (3.9 MB, 4.1 ML, 4.2 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 60.0 miles away from the city center
On 6/5/1991 at 09:24:07, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 88.2 miles away from Big Sandy center
On 12/5/1991 at 10:10:00, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 ML, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 58.5 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Chouteau County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Fire: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers in Big Sandy:

  • BIG SANDY MEDICAL CENTER (Critical Access Hospitals,Government - Hospital District or Authority, provides emergency services, 166 MONTANA AVE E)
  • BIG SANDY MEDICAL CENTER LTC (Nursing Home, 166 MONTANA AVE E)
  • TRI-COUNTY CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, HIGHWAY 87 S, PO BOX 68)

Political contributions by individuals in Big Sandy, MT

Airports and heliports located in Big Sandy:


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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Big Sandy:

  • Montana State University (about 180 miles; Bozeman, MT; Full-time enrollment: 9,518)
  • Montana State University-Billings (about 182 miles; Billings, MT; FT enrollment: 2,629)
  • The University of Montana (about 203 miles; Missoula, MT; FT enrollment: 11,744)
  • North Idaho College (about 312 miles; Coeur d'Alene, ID; FT enrollment: 3,090)
  • Brigham Young University-Idaho (about 312 miles; Rexburg, ID; FT enrollment: 12,325)
  • Spokane Community College (about 338 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 4,944)
  • University of Idaho (about 339 miles; Moscow, ID; FT enrollment: 9,625)

Public high school in Big Sandy:

Public elementary/middle schools in Big Sandy:

See full list of schools located in Big Sandy, map of school districts: BIG SANDY ELEMENTARY, BIG SANDY HIGH SCHOOL


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Notable locations in Big Sandy: General Mills Incorporated Elevator (A), Centennial Mills Incorporated Elevator (B), Big Sandy (C), Big Sandy Branch Library (D), Big Sandy Sheriff's Department (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Big Sandy include: Saint Margaret Marys Catholic Church (A), Big Sandy Christian Fellowship Assembly of God Church (B), Big Sandy Community Church of God (C), Christ Lutheran Church (D), Methodist Church - Rohrer United (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: Big Sandy Chamber of Commerce (Museums; 87 Johannes Avenue West).

Hotels: Q'S Motel (98 Judith Landing Road), Big Sandy Motel (98 Judith Landing Road).

 
Chouteau County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Big Sandy and their reported violations in the past:

BIG SANDY TOWN OF (Population served: 730, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-1997, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (DEC-29-1998)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In DEC-1996, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (DEC-29-1998)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 4 routine major monitoring violations
  • 8 minor monitoring violations

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 12.8%
(14.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 38.5% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This town:  2.1 people
Montana:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  58.3%
Whole state:  62.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  3.6%
Whole state:  6.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Big Sandy, MT

13 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010
47 people in nursing homes in 2000
12 people in homes for the mentally retarded in 2000

Big Sandy compared to Montana state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.


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Banks with branches in Big Sandy (2011 data):

  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Big Sandy Branch at One Johannes Avenue, branch established on 1910/07/02. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Big Sandy travel time to work - commute


Big Sandy mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (79%)
  • Electricity (16%)
  • Wood (3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Big Sandy town (based on Chouteau County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 104.19%
Here104.2%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of ChristEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaEvangelical Free Church of America
Adherents69.0%9.1%7.6%5.1%2.6%
Congregations23.5%29.4%5.9%5.9%5.9%
NameLDS (Mormon) ChurchChurch of God (Anderson, Indiana)Hutterian BrethrenLutheran ChurchOther
Adherents2.4%1.6%1.6%0.6%0.4%
Congregations5.9%5.9%5.9%5.9%5.9%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
Chouteau County:

7.63 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
Chouteau County:

3.81 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

4.69 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 3
Here:

5.72 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

10.38 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.3%
Montana:

7.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Chouteau County:

24.8%
State:

23.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Chouteau County:

12.1%
State:

10.7%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 1$540
Other Government Administration 0$0 1$842
Solid Waste Management 1$1,431$17,1720$0
Sewerage 1$2,621$31,4520$0
Water Supply 1$1,540$18,4800$0
Other and Unallocable 1$2,623$31,4760$0
Totals for Government 4$8,215$24,6452$1,382

Big Sandy government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $89,000 ($145.90)
    Sewerage: $63,000 ($103.28)
    Regular Highways: $56,000 ($91.80)
    Police Protection: $42,000 ($68.85)
    Parks & Recreation: $26,000 ($42.62)
    Financial Administration: $24,000 ($39.34)
    General Public Buildings: $7,000 ($11.48)
    Fire Protection: $6,000 ($9.84)
    Solid Waste Management: $3,000 ($4.92)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $3,000 ($4.92)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Parks & Recreation: $5,000 ($8.20)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $64,000 ($104.92)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $8,000 ($13.11)

Big Sandy government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $78,000 ($127.87)
    Parks & Recreation: $4,000 ($6.56)
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $27,000 ($44.26)
    General Revenue, NEC: $9,000 ($14.75)
    Interest Earnings: $7,000 ($11.48)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $79,000 ($129.51)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $47,000 ($77.05)
    Highways: $22,000 ($36.07)
    All Other: $2,000 ($3.28)
  • Tax - Property: $55,000 ($90.16)
    NEC: $1,000 ($1.64)

Big Sandy government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $127,000 ($208.20)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $102,000 ($167.21)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Water Utilities: $25,000 ($40.98)

Big Sandy government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $347,000 ($568.85)

6.13% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($31,867 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.13%
Montana average:

8.25%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Cascade County, MT  0.93% ($36,813 average AGI)


7.58% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($25,652 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.58%
Montana average:

7.69%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Cascade County, MT  1.44% ($30,400 average AGI)
to Gallatin County, MT  0.80% ($20,357)
to Hill County, MT  0.63% ($32,364)

Strongest AM radio stations in Big Sandy:

  • KERR (750 AM; 50 kW; POLSON, MT; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KMON (560 AM; 5 kW; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: COMMONWEALTH LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • KOJM (610 AM; 1 kW; HAVRE, MT; Owner: NEW MEDIA BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KSEN (1150 AM; 10 kW; SHELBY, MT; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KOFI (1180 AM; 50 kW; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: KOFI, INC.)
  • KEIN (1310 AM; 5 kW; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: MUNSON RADIO, INC.)
  • KGVW (640 AM; 10 kW; BELGRADE, MT; Owner: GALLATIN VALLEY WITNESS, INC.)
  • KKGR (680 AM; daytime; 5 kW; EAST HELENA, MT; Owner: KKGR, INC.)
  • KBOI (670 AM; 50 kW; BOISE, ID; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KTBI (810 AM; daytime; 50 kW; EPHRATA, WA; Owner: TACOMA BROADCASTERS, INCORPORATED)
  • KJJR (880 AM; 10 kW; WHITEFISH, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INCORPORATED)
  • KGA (1510 AM; 50 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)

Strongest FM radio stations in Big Sandy:

  • KXEI (95.1 FM; HAVRE, MT; Owner: HI-LINE RADIO FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • KNMC (90.1 FM; HAVRE, MT; Owner: NORTHERN MONTANA COLLEGE)
  • KPQX (92.5 FM; HAVRE, MT; Owner: NEW MEDIA BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KEHT (100.3 FM; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: GEORGE S. FLINN, JR.)
  • K261CC (100.1 FM; CHESTER, MT; Owner: RANDALL D. ROCKS)

TV broadcast stations around Big Sandy:

  • K07IP (Channel 7; BIG SANDY, MT; Owner: BIG SANDY TV CLUB)
  • K10BK (Channel 10; BIG SANDY, MT; Owner: BIG SANDY TV CLUB)
  • K13OQ (Channel 13; BIG SANDY, MT; Owner: BIG SANDY TV CLUB)


FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1
  • 7 Miles South By Southwest Of Big Sandy (Lat: 48.122194 Lon: -110.237444), Type: Mast, Structure height: 29.9 m, Call Sign: KNKN353
    Assigned Frequencies: 880.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/31/2010, Expiration Date: 10/01/2020
    Registrant: Verizon Wireless, 1120 Sanctuary Pkwy, #150 Gasa5reg, Alpharetta, GA 30009-7630, Phone: (770) 797-1070, Fax: (770) 797-1036, Email:

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

4
  • Robert Leedham, 8.3 Mi At 255 Degrees From (Lat: 48.148333 Lon: -110.288611), Type: 61.0, Overall height: 61 m
    Registrant: 9135514568, Jerry.Elmore@bnsf.Com, 4515 KANSAS AVENUE
  • Robert Leedham, 8.3 Mi At 255 Degrees From (Lat: 48.148333 Lon: -110.288611), Type: 61.0, Overall height: 61 m
    Registrant: 9135514568, Jerry.Elmore@bnsf.Com, 4515 KANSAS AVENUE
  • 200' S (Lat: 48.172778 Lon: -110.116111), Type: 13.7, Overall height: 12 m
    Registrant: 4067235421, Hvangeld@mtpower.Com, 40 E BROADWAY
  • 8.3 Mi At 255 Degrees From (Lat: 48.148333 Lon: -110.288611), Type: 61.0, Overall height: 61 m
    Registrant: 9135514627, Toddh@writeme.Com, 4515 KANSAS AVE.

FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Big Sandy, MT)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

7 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

7 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)

FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

3
  • Call Sign: KB7TXS, Licensee ID: L00083362
    Grant Date: 02/08/2013, Expiration Date: 04/27/2023
    Registrant: Ralph R Merrill, Box 8, Big Sandy, MT 59520
  • Call Sign: KD7WTO, Licensee ID: L00704662
    Grant Date: 06/30/2003, Expiration Date: 06/30/2013, Cancellation Date: 09/28/2007, Certifier: Michael P Kassner
    Registrant: Michael P Kassner, 266 First St N, Big Sandy, MT 59520
  • Call Sign: W7MPK, Previous Call Sign: KD7WTO, Licensee ID: L00704662
    Grant Date: 09/28/2007, Expiration Date: 09/28/2017, Certifier: Michael P Kassner
    Registrant: Michael P Kassner, 266 First St N, Big Sandy, MT 59520


FAA Registered Aircraft:

18 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Big Sandy)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 5


Most common first names in Big Sandy, MT among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John2076.6 years
Frank1380.9 years
Mary1279.2 years
Anna1287.8 years
George982.5 years
William982.2 years
James875.4 years
Charles873.4 years
Dorothy881.5 years
Paul775.8 years
Most common last names in Big Sandy, MT among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Drew877.3 years
Allderdice686.0 years
Jappe681.1 years
Kane684.2 years
Rutledge682.2 years
Henderson579.2 years
Labuda566.8 years
Maxwell574.8 years
Osterman584.0 years
Berlinger478.2 years
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